Family Road Trip Essentials!

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Something you probably don’t know about our family is that we often take road trips. We usually stay within the state and have we’ve been all over, from as north as Sussex county and as south as Cape May. There is so much New Jersey has to offer us including farms, beaches, boardwalks, national parks and more! There is always something new to discover right in our backyard!

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Beach in Wildwood NJ, Cape May County

With all of the road tripping we do, it’s important to stay prepared with the essentials, especially when traveling with our young children which include E, age 4, and Aric who is 14 months old. Here are some of our family road trip essentials, Items that we wouldn’t travel without!

Family Road Trip Essentials!

Family Road Trip Essentials!

Food and snacks!
Bring things that aren’t as messy. Some snack foods I consider road trip friendly are applesauce pouches, apple slices, raisins, popcorn, chips, pretzels, crackers and juice boxes or a cup with a lid like a Snackeez. You may want to bring along a small cooler to keep sandwiches and your beverages cold. For us, a case of bottled water or a gallon jug or two has been a must. If you have the space, I say bring it along! You can never have too much water.

Games, toys and activities.
Some things to take along for the kids include paper, coloring books, crayons, small toys, and books. We keep these items easily accessible to the kids in a back seat organizer that even has a tablet holder. I also use plastic shoe bins which I keep on the seat in between E and her brother which holds toys and other items for both of them. When it comes to games, some of our favorite car ride games include I Spy.

Before we had a tablet, E would watch DVDs from a portable DVD player attached to the drivers seat headrest. Most vehicles nowadays have built in DVD players but some basic vehicle models do not. Portable DVD players cost a lot less than they did a few years ago and it might be a good idea to invest in one for long road trips if you don’t already have on for your kids. Now that E has her own tablet, we make sure that her favorite movies and games are downloaded to it before going on the road. Don’t forget the headphones! You’ll thank me later 😉

An Emergency Kit.
Most vehicles now have this but some don’t. An emergency kit should include more than just a first-aid kit. Some items you may want to keep in your kit are a flashlight, road flares and/or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a blanket or two, extra sets of clothing, toiletries and bottled water. If you have young children, you may want to keep diapers, wipes, extra snacks and as previously mentioned, extra clothing, in your kit. Make sure the clothing you keep in your kit is seasonally appropriate.

Metromile is a road trip essential for those who those who drive less than 10,000 miles a year. They’re the only pay-per-mile auto insurance available in New Jersey and with Metromile, you pay for the miles you actually drive without judgement on driving style or driving behavior. Metromile saves the average customer $500 annually and drivers only pay a few cents per mile with a low base rate each month for full coverage. They make every car a smart car with the Metromile Pulse which plugs into the standard OBII port and is used to track mileage and provide car data including driving stats, engine health and car location. It’s even been used to recover stolen cars!

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Metromile’s free App makes every car a smart car by unlocking driving data and showing drivers:

  • Trips & trends – including miles, MPG, time, and speed
  • Fuel level and cost estimates
  • Car location – we’ve even helped recover stolen cars
  • Street sweeping alerts – currently only in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles & Chicago
  • Diagnoses of car’s health condition
  • Contact a mechanic

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Now can you see why Metromile is and essential? It’s is currently available in 7 states including California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois and as mentioned, New Jersey. If Metromile is not available in your area, you can sign up for the waitlist so that you don’t miss out when it’s available in your area! Get your quote today at!

What are some of your family road trip essentials?

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  1. Metromile is not available in my area, so I did not get a quote. I would use the money to get a new pair of glasses.

  2. I added myself to the wait list. It will be interesting to see if it can save me some money on insurance.

    • Metromile is only available in California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois and New Jersey at this time but they’re expanding!

  3. I added myself to the wait list unfortunately I would have loved to gotten a quote!

  4. I added myself to the wait list! Unfortunately, I drive enough that I’m not sure it would save me any money 🙁

  5. They are not yet available in my state but I can’t wait until they are. I’d spend the extra money on family fun.

  6. I added myself to the waiting list! Not available in my area yet. I would use the extra money for hospital bills.

  7. I am in Pennsylvania, so I got a quote! I am pleased since we are shopping around for better rates.

  8. I”m added to the waitlist! I would put it towards our beach trip later this August!

  9. Its not yet available in my area but I put my name on the wait list. I would use the extra savings to pay for fun activities.